FLOW STL staff.
Amanda Wells is pictured on the far left.
I consider Amanda Wells as a writer’s writer. She is knowledgeable, accessible and a constant source of strength and collaboration. After completeing her undergrad and graduate degrees at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she established the creative-writer group FLOW: Where Writing Moves. Another acrosymn she gave me for FLOW is For [the] Love Of Writing. I couldn’t agree more.
FLOW is based here in St. Louis, Missouri, with its artistic residence in the Grand Art Center, down from Saint Louis University on Grand Boulevard. It’s a mix of everything there! From music, to spoken word, artistic collaboration, to writing space. There’s something there for everyone!
What sure you ask about SPARK!
What They Do And Why That Is Amazing
“We’re a close team of writers, teachers and scholars who believe in the power of individual creativity to connect people. We work together to build strong communities by fostering meaningful writing and storytelling experiences.”
[taken from FLOW: Where Writing Moves homepage]
Does it take a village to raise a writer? Sometimes.
There are portions of the creative work where it is beneficial to have a sounding board or at least a few like minded people to keep you from going utterly mad. Worse yet burning anything you have written and called your work.
How do I know this?
When I was writing RUBY, it was the founder and phenom, Amanda, that talked me off multiple ledges. It was her firm grip ton reality that helped me edit and to finish the book.
(RUBY now available at The Novel Neighbor.)It was at one of her Saturday open collaboration spaces at FLOW that confirmed writing is indeed what I want to spend my life doing. It was brainstorming in that space which allowed me the freedom to expand my novel. In that space of bouncing off ideas, I began to think about what I was working on and possibility of thinking it could be more.
I am of the belief that every writer needs a community. Writing can be lonely and draining! It is refreshing to have a space that is dedicated to that cultivation. FLOW STL is a tool for local writers here in St. Louis Ana is one of the cities best kept secrets!
The website offers other interactive classes and forums as well. The first writing retreat was this October not too far from St. Louis. FLOW STL has a Patreon available and active for those that desire to help with its mission.
Christopher Priest said a real writer can write anything. I agree. And in writing the anything, you need all the help you can get. FLOW STL and its staff are patron saints. They have taken the task off helping all those of us crazy enough to believe we can bend these 26 letter as we see fit.
[images from FLOW STL, and authors album]